Positive Education

at Musselburgh School


“Working together to empower students

to make positive social, emotional and behavioural choices”



We create a positive culture that places well-being at the core of education. Developing a whole school approach to Positive Education involves four key elements: Learn It, Live It, Teach It and Embed It.

We believe in the importance of all staff learning and living the skills and concepts which are taught at the School. Well-being initiatives implemented through our Curriculum are an integral part of developing positive practices and embedding Positive Education across Musselburgh School.

Our Positive Education Model is based on six foundations:

Foundation One:

A caring, respectful and inclusive learning environment:

At Musselburgh School we build a sense of belonging, trust and respect of and for our children, our families and whānau and our wider community through developing and enhancing

  • Positive and caring peer relationships
  • Positive student/teacher relationships
  • Positive teacher-teacher relationships
  • Positive teacher-parent/whānau relationships
  • Respectful and supportive behaviour by teachers
  • Family involvement with the school
  • Fair and consistent behaviour management based on restorative practices and relationship repair
  • Opportunities to experience positive emotions
  • Sense of belonging and connectedness
  • Positive and respectful relationships with Government agencies and NGO’s

Foundation Two:

Feeling Safe at School

It is paramount that children should feel safe within their school environment. At Musselburgh School we create a nurturing and caring learning environment through a no tolerance policy of:

  • bullying
  • put-downs
  • cyber-harm
  • violence

 Foundation Three:

Competency in social and emotional skills

These skills enable children to reach their potential to become productive, intuitive, innovative and empathic citizens who contribute positively to the communities they live in.

At Musselburgh School we develop and build the following skills:

  • Metacognition
  • Skills and techniques to manage stress, difficult situations and challenges
  • Empathic responding skills
  • Optimistic thinking skills
  • Goals setting, monitoring and achievement
  • Positive and successful relationship skills

 Foundation Four:

Knowing and Using One’s Strengths

All children have unique qualities that they can identify and use to enhance their own well-being, overcome challenges, and nurture relationships. Musselburgh School’s strengths based programmes give children opportunities to:

  • Understand and identify their different types of strengths (intellectual, character and physical)
  • Identify and acknowledge other people’s strengths
  • Use and enhance their own strengths

 Foundation Five:

Having and Living in accordance with pro-social values

The Musselburgh School’s mission statement is “Learning to Live – Living to Learn”. Our Values Programme is the foundation on which we have built our philosophy and practice. Through our Values and Strength based programmes we aim to work together to empower students to make positive social and behavioural choices through explicit teaching of the “4 B’s”:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Kind
  • Be a Learner

Foundation Six:

Having a sense of meaning and purpose

Children who have a sense of belonging, feel valued and cared about, believe their voice is heard, are confident to take risks and make mistakes, set goals, and have a positive self-image will grow to reach their potential. 

At Musselburgh School we provide opportunities for our children to develop:

  • a sense of meaning when they are engaged in activities which positively affect people other than themselves
  • a sense of purpose when setting and achieving goals related to their interests
  • experiences of being fully engaged and absorbed in activities that use their strengths



Dr Denise Quinlan

Bert Van Halen

Maria Roberto

Jenny Fox-Eades

John Henry

Lonna Moline

Geelong Grammar



Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman

Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools: Ian Morris

Calm Kids: Lorraine Murray

Flourish: Martin Seligman

Happier: Tal Ben-Shahar

Even Happier: Tal Ben-Shahar

Pressing the Right Buttons: Alison Mooney

Kimochis: http://www.kimochis.com.au

The Bucket Books: Carol McCloud

Circle Time Books: Jenny Moseley

Starlight Resources